Amazing week of sports ahead!
This week it’s Premier League Darts, Six Nations Rugby , German Masters Snooker & the 1st ODI in South Africa!
The Six Nations gets underway this weekend after a disappointing Northern Hemisphere showing at the World Cup. All the talk is centred on Eddie Jones after his appointment as England coach sparked a significant drop in price in the Winner markets. A best priced 7/4 on a first England win in 5 years does not tempt at all so we’re looking elsewhere for value.
The French have finished 4th, 4th & 6th in the last 3 years and with Scotland’s excellent showing at the World Cup we are going in big on BetVictor’s 4/1 on France finishing in the bottom 2. Italy look like a shoo-in for the Wooden Spoon, but Scotland host the French at Murrayfield on the 13th of March and home advantage could be decisive in condemning the French to a 5th place finishing position.
Looking at the opening matches the stand out selection is Wales +4 points with BetVictor against the Irish. Ireland have lost talismanic Paul O’Connell through retirement & there are lingering doubts over the fitness of star player Jonny Sexton.
Premier League Darts
The 2016 Darts Premier League kicks off in Leeds on Thursday and it’s surely the tournaments strongest line up yet. When the rag is current World Grand Prix Champion Robert Thornton then you know it’s a quality field.
The opening night has some belting fixtures with Raymond Van Barneveld a must back at a huge 13/5 with Bet365 to beat Phil Taylor. Elsewhere Bully Boy Michael Smith is overpriced at 2/1 with Bet365 to get the better of Peter Wright.
The pick of the ante-post markets is found at BetVictor where they are paying 9/4 on Michael Van Gerwen to top the league & to win the tournament. The World Number 1 has topped the league in all 3 of his appearances in the event and his unbelievable consistency makes that 9/4 pretty much an inflated tournament winner price. Make sure you get on.
German Masters Snooker
The German Masters Snooker tournament starts on Wednesday with Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson & John Higgins the noticeable absentees. This has made it a very open event and we’re backing 2 big prices to prevail this week. Take the very generous 25/1 each way on offer with Bet365 for 2011 Champions Mark Williams to triumph. He narrowly lost 6-5 to the otherwise untouchable O’Sullivan at the Masters 2 weeks ago and is showing signs of his past form.
Our other pick is 2013 finalist Marco Fu who can take advantage of a generous Draw and is great value at 18/1 each way with BetVictor.
One Day Internationals v South Africa
On Wednesday the first of five One Day Internationals start between the hosts South Africa and a victorious England Test team. This is a different format with Eoin Morgan replacing Alistair Cook as captain, but we fancy the same result with England coming out on top over the five matches. England are a team high on confidence and ready to put one over a fatigued Proteas again. Both Steyn and Philander are still missing and the remaining players are at risk of burn out from a lack of squad rotation.
We’re taking England at 11/10 to start the series with a win and pile the pressure on the South African camp. There are also plenty of value trades to be had on the top batsmen, but not knowing exactly where they will line up is a negative. With that said we know that Ben Stokes will both bat and bowl and looks a great bet at huge odds of 14/1 to be named Man Of The Match. He is more than capable over a shorter format and can take his superb form in to the ODI’s.